What is an online college? Here at OnlineColleges.com, we don’t define an “online college” as a college that only exists on the internet. An online college might have a physical campus, or no campus at all. It might run on a semester system, or a quarter system, or its own unique system. It might offer one online degree program, or a hundred. Every student’s needs are different, and every student should decide what kind of college best meets their individual needs.
In order for a school to be featured on our rankings and in our tools, they must meet the following criteria:
Finding the best school for each individual is our mission at OnlineColleges.com. And who knows your needs better than you do? That’s why we’ve developed the following resources, which can help you to find the school with the quality, the programs and the price point you need.
It may surprise you to know that 72 percent of online students attend a school within 100 miles of home. After all, with schools around the world only a click away, why stay local? As it happens, there are some good reasons to search for online colleges in your state:
For these reasons, we’ve taken the time to rank the best colleges for each and every state in America. On each state page, you can find a list of the best online colleges in that state, along with state-specific information on accreditation and financial aid.
Our Top Colleges Tool allows you to apply various filters to our entire ranking database. Filter our ranking of best online colleges by tuition, institution type, degree level, military benefits and/or religious affiliation to help you find the best schools for your needs.
There’s a lot to keep in mind when choosing an online college. Use our College Comparison Tool to select and compare schools you are considering. The tool displays details about online colleges – such as tuition costs, number of online programs and availability of services – in easily comparable columns.
Discover our additional rankings of accredited online colleges based on different interesting factors, as well as rankings for other topics, such as popular degrees and growing careers.
Learn about grants, loans, scholarships and other common hallmarks of financial aid, such as the FAFSA. This section also offers advice on where to find financial aid and how best to utilize it.
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